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Fantasia Barrino

High Alert

After Hate Mail

2/20/2010 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Fantasia Barrino is under a self-imposed lockdown -- after the "American Idol" champ received a threatening letter.

It all started last night at the Pantages Theater in L.A. -- Fantasia was reading her fan mail after a performance of "The Color Purple."

Fantasia's manager tells us Barrino became alarmed over a disturbing letter loaded with racial slurs -- including the n-word -- and a line that read, "go back where you came from and die."

We're told the person who wrote the letter claims he used to work as a security guard for Fox while Fantasia was on "A.I."

Fantasia's manager tells us the singer immediately contacted theater security -- which then contacted the LAPD.

In the meantime, we're told the theater has "beefed up" security around Fantasia -- and all over the venue -- and will be screening anything sent to Barrino's dressing room before it gets to her.

Fantasia tells TMZ, "I will not be defeated by one isolated person's hatred."

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76.

Brittney    

Sorry to hear that about Fantasia because she is so blessed and whoever wrote that should be ashamed of themselves but she aint gon let 1 racist email hurt her she is the best thing singing right now so to all u haters out there please get a life and let Fantasia live hers cause she is gon always be on top of us making more money than us so we might as well stop worrying bout her life and help her make her life easier by not saying these dumb ass comments

***Luv U Fantasia***

1601 days ago
77.

Bernard    

She should be afraid of her hair stylist!

1601 days ago
78.

Clinton    

What? TMZ doesn't work weekends, anymore? The same mediocre singing black chick has been on top all day long. Surely, there's got to be something (anything) more entertaining than this bit of nothing.

1601 days ago
79.

ChuckyDee    

Does anyone really care about her? What people will do to get a little face time on the news.

1601 days ago
80.

Missy    

#52, Fantansia won because the American public voted for her. If it was meant for Diana to win she would have. Diana put out an album after AI that didn't do so well. I think Fantansia sound just as good as Kelly, Carrie, and Jordan. The only reason Fantansia is not doing as good as the others is because more people of all ages and races will be more willing to buy Kelly, Carrie, and Jordans album, but people of certain ages and races would never buy a Fantasia album.

1601 days ago
81.

Diane    

I GUESS TMZ QUIT WORKING WEEKENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE'VE HAD THIS SAME POST SINCE EARLY A.M. & IT'S 'STILL' THERE...... 'REAL' CELEBS, DON'T GET THIS MUCH COVERAGE.... GIVE US A BREAK, READ THE COMMENTS & PLEASE MOVE ALONG WITH OTHER STORIES..........

1601 days ago
82.

Deric Davis    

Update the damned stories already....

1601 days ago
83.

Lisa    

I've noticed that TMZ doesn't post alot on weekends. I recently had surgery so Im home alot and bored so I check every now and again. But for a saturday to have nothing since 8:45am..must be a slow day or everyone's off..lol
Radaronline said Tiger and Elin went on a plane together. Im shocked TMZ doesn't have that up!

1601 days ago
84.

michael    

TIME TO STOP PLAYING THE RACE CARD! GET SOME REAL TALENT OR AT THE LEAST REAL NEWSWORTHY STORIES!

1601 days ago
85.

emerald    

Since the guy left his name and is allegedly one of her former security guards on A.I perhaps she has more cause for concern than alot who get this racist crap and ignore it!! The guy must know where she lives and alot about her routine hm?! I guess the only ones saying it's nothing are those who've never had to deal with racism!! As for the latest Tiger/Elin story #97 he's black too and with everyone here whining that the coverage of his every movement is pissing them all off I doubt a story on him would raise anything more than an angry rant!! By the way I do believe there's too much coverage of Tiger/Elin too on tmz, but it obviousy sells lol!!

1601 days ago
86.

QuestionEverything    

92. What? TMZ doesn't work weekends, anymore? The same mediocre singing black chick has been on top all day long. Surely, there's got to be something (anything) more entertaining than this bit of nothing.

Posted at 6:28PM on Feb 20th 2010 by Ho-Hum


96. Update the damned stories already....

Posted at 8:02PM on Feb 20th 2010 by Deric Davis


i totally agree this is ridiculous this NOTHING has been up all day!

1601 days ago
87.

QuestionEverything    

this has been up since around 2 am last night.the time of posting the original article of 8:45 is incorrect as well.

1601 days ago
88.

Folabi    

I was shocked to see some "No Talent" comments. Those people must be retarted.

1601 days ago
89.

Proxy    

Who is she? and really who cares? One letter...hell...most stars get thousands of letter of hate mail...sounds like a publicity stunt.

1601 days ago
90.

Elvis Twin    

Of course it's a publicity stunt. I'm in the entertainment business and the more people know about you and hear your name, the more money in your pocket. It doesn't matter if the publicity is bad or good. next month it won't even matter.

Cha Ching!

1601 days ago
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